MS Greek 1
In this course, students will complete most of Greek for Children: Primer A published by Classical Academic Press. The course moves slowly in the beginning to ensure that everyone has a handle on reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet. In their study of the Greek language, students will:
Learn to pronounce the Greek alphabet (Modern pronunciation)
Expand their understanding of English grammar through the study of Greek grammar
Practice parsing, classifying, and diagramming Greek and English sentences
Memorize paradigms of Greek nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, and pronouns
Develop Ancient/biblical Greek vocabulary (foundational to the English vocabulary of many academic disciplines, such as medicine, mathematics, theology, etc.)
Students are guided in a study of Orthodox hymnography and Scripture. Students will:
Inscribe in their hearts common prayers and hymns of the liturgy
Read Scriptures in Greek (Septuagint and New Testament)
Every student is expected to memorize paradigms, vocabulary, verses, prayers, and songs, and students are asked to recite or sing them in class. Every student will be called on to participate in each class.
Saint Raphael’s School teaches what is often called “Koine Greek.” It is the dialect of Greek which was spoken throughout the Eastern Mediterranean following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC, and persisted throughout the Roman and Byzantine periods and eventually evolved into the Modern Greek language which is currently spoken in Greece today. Koine Greek is the dialect of Greek with which the New Testament was written (which is why is Koine Greek is often called “New Testament Greek”).
Along with the New Testament, the various services of The Eastern Church, hymns, prayers, and saints lives were also composed in Koine Greek. At Saint Raphael’s School, Koine Greek is taught using the “Modern” or “Received” pronunciation. This pronunciation is identical to that used by speakers of the Modern Greek language today, and it is also the pronunciation currently used for the liturgies and services of the Orthodox Church of Greece, and most of the Orthodox Churches under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch, including The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOARCH).
Required Course Materials:
- Composition book, Binder, and Colored pencils at the start of class.
- White Board with Markers
- Greek English Dictionary
- Oxford Greek English Dictionary or Divry Greek English Dictionary
- Greek for Children Primer A, Koine/New Testament Greek, by Dr. Christopher Perrin
- Classic Level 6 Package, 30 Days in Greece, Papaloizos publications Book and Audio Program
- *Please note: Use 20% Discount coupon code: Raphael
- My Book of Church Feasts, Orthodox Coloring Book #13
- Hymns, Prayers, and Other Supplementals will be given by the instructor (families will be responsible to print hardcopies if needed).
• My Prayer Book in GREEK includes CD.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos, Principal has been an educator for almost 25 years, loving every minute, with vast experiences in both public and private schools as a classroom teacher, a developer and implementer of learning programs for students, and an area administrator. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Indiana University with certifications in elementary education, 7/8 non-departmental, language arts 1–9, and computer education K–12. She holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she wrote her thesis, “The Annunciation of the Theotokos from a Liturgical Perspective.” Presbytera Maria and her husband, Father Dionysios, live in the greater Springfield area where he is the Dean of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, MA. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners. email@example.com
Kim Cox holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Biblical Languages and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University. In addition to her coursework, she was an active member of the honors program and tutored students in Greek, Writing, and Western History and Literature from the Greeks to modern day. Soon after graduating, Kim moved to North Carolina and completed an M.Div. at Duke University focusing on Biblical Languages, Old Testament, and Theology and the Arts. It was actually in a Hebrew class on the Book of Kings that she first encountered iconography and began to inquire seriously about the Orthodox faith.
Upon completing her graduate studies, Kim worked as the Director of Christian Education at a local parish. While there she wrote and taught classically inspired curriculum to engage students in questions of faith and the task of living in truth, goodness, and beauty. In the Fall of 2022, she left her work in children and youth ministry, began as an iconography apprentice at St. Raphael School, and soon after converted to the Orthodox faith. In her spare time, Kim loves to travel, read novels, paint, pass every possible summer weekend at the Outer Banks, and watch movies with her husband Sam and their two cats. She is excited to teach with St. Raphael School this coming school year and grow in faith and learning alongside her students. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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